Unorthodox yet effective is the best way to describe Daniil Medvedev, and over the last two years, he's become one of those players nobody wants to see in their section when a tournament draw is made.
The 6ft 6″ Russian has a big serve, a versatile backhand and he almost seems to slap his forehand like nobody else on tour, but what racquet does he use to achieve a style of play that countless opponents have found difficult to come to terms with. Let's take a look.
What Tennis Racquet Does Medvedev Actually Use?
Medvedev is a Tecnifibre brand ambassador and endorses the Tecnifibre TFight 305 RS. Since Tecnifibre merged with Lacoste, alongside Medvedev, they've snapped up several stars like Iga Swiatek in a bid to replicate what the likes have Babolat have managed over the last 20 years thanks to Nadal.
However, just like most of the top pros, Medvedev is actually using a different racquet, which is a customised version of the Tecnifibre Dynacore 305.
What Specification is Medvedev's' Racquet?
Like Djokovic and his racquet setup, Medvedev uses a 95 square inch frame with an 18 x 19 string pattern. You can see his approximate specs below thanks to an acquaintance of the Russian's sister who posted them on the Talk Tennis Forum:
|Head Size||95 in²|
|Strung Weight||359 g|
|String Pattern||18 x 19|
|Grip Size||4 3/8 in (L3) + Overgrip|
It's unclear if there is any lead tape under the head guard on Medvedev's frame, but there has to be some weight in the handle to get the static weight up to around 360 grams.
Has Medvedev Changed Racquet Specs During His Career?
Like several players of his generation, Medvedev previously played with the Wilson Six One 95, a classic heavy and head-light player frame.
Medvedev used the frame for the early part of his career with a Pro Staff 97 paint job, just like his contemporaries Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans do now.
However, when Tecnifibre came calling, Medvedev naturally had to switch over to the French firm and settle with a custom Dynacore 305 that is near identical to the Wilson frame.
Even some say his racquet is actually a custom Tecnifibre pro stock clone of the Six One 95, albeit without Wilson's proprietary perimeter weighting system and an 18 x 19 string pattern.
Medvedev's String Setup and Tension
Before Tecnifibre, Medvedev used Luxilon polyester strings (I am unsure which line but assume it has to be ALU) in his Wilson frame, but along with the switch in racquet sponsorship, the strings also changed.
Medvedev used the blue Razor Code for a couple of seasons, and when his strings turned white, it was rumoured that he had switched to Ice Code, pictured above.
However, he was actually using the white version of Tecnifibre's flagship polyester string, Razor Code. This is now available to retail customers in 1.30mm and 1.25mm.
His reference tension is at 22kg or 48lbs, but this will change depending on the conditions, for example at the Next Gen Finals in 2017, he was stringing at 24 kg on both crosses and mains.
I think it's safe to say Meddy Bear is as wooden as the racquet's from the 1970s 😄
Can You Buy Medevev's Racquet?
If you want a racquet that looks like Medevev's frame in terms of cosmetics, then the Tecnifibre TFight 305 RS is readily available. It's one of my favourite racquets and great playing frame. The 18 x 19 string pattern offers a good blend of power, spin and control.
If you want to mirror his specs, then finding a used Tecnifibre TFight 305 Dynacore Racquet and weighting it up is one option.
Although you might find a Wilson Six One 95 racquet is actually truer to his specs. Yes, it won't carry the Tecnifibre branding, but I believe that frame will be closer to the one Medvedev uses today in terms of how the frame plays.
What do you think of Medvedev's racquet specs? Will we see more players use the 18 x 19 string pattern in the future? Let me know in the comments.